NYC Mayor Adams faults social media in aftermath of subway shooting for ‘watching hate brew online’

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During an appearance on a Sunday TV talk show, New York City Mayor Eric Adams implied that social media bears some responsibility for violent incidents such as the mass shooting at the Brooklyn subway station.

He also suggested that the “well-intended” progressive left shares some of the blame.

Adams’ remarks were prompted when ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos noted that the subway suspect allegedly had a history of making racially charged YouTube videos and thus was “hiding in plain sight” before the attack.

“Do we need a better way to track individuals like this before they take this violent action? And whose responsibility is it?” the ex-Bill Clinton White House operative asked in the clip embedded above.

“I believe social media must step up. There’s a corporate responsibility when we are watching hate brew online. We can identify using artificial intelligence and other methods to identify those who are talking about violence, and you know my concerns around even what’s called drill music. Not all drill music, but those that talk about inflicting violence on rival gangs. That is driving some of the shootings we’re seeing in parts of the Bronx,” the mayor replied.

According to the New York Post, “Drill rappers are surging in popularity partly due to their flashy videos, which depict young thugs who wield handguns, splash around money and smoke blunts — and have no problem blasting their rivals.”

Adams, 61, a former NYPD captain who ran for office in part on a law-and-order platform, was a lock to win the general election in November 2021 after his first-place finish in the July Democrat primary.

(Video: ABC News)

The crime crackdown is not going so well so far.

“Crime in New York City is up 44.26 percent from this time last year and 27 percent from this time in 2020. Similarly, shooting victims have risen by 9.3 percent from April 2021 and 70.4 percent from April 2020,” the Daily Mail reported.

Among other things, Adams has promised to put more cops on the street and in the subways. He has also vowed to bring back the NYPD plainclothes unit that was disbanded by his predecessor, the far-left Bill de Blasio, in a revamped form.

Shortly after he was sworn in, Adams — who travels with NYPD bodyguards — admitted that even he gets scared while riding New York City’s often disorderly transit system.

Adams’ goal is being hampered by New York’s catch-and-release, so-called bail reform law that puts violent recidivist felons back on the street before the ink is even dry on their paperwork, as well as a George Soros-backed Manhattan district attorney who seems not particularly enthusiastic about prosecuting criminals.

Apparently, with regard to the former, Stephanopoulos played a soundbite from Bill Bratton, the former police commissioner, who said that “the scales right now are tipped very heavily in favor of the reforms of the progressive left. Well-intended, some needed, but a bit too far, and what we have as a result is this growing fear of crime, this growing actual amount of crime, as evidenced in almost every major American city.”

Adams acknowledged that Bratton’s analysis was correct.

“[Bratton] understood what we had to go through during the mid-80s and early 90s when we had to transform policing. Major mistakes made throughout the years that destroyed the trust that the police commissioner is talking about. We have to rebuild that trust. But we can’t rebuild that trust by allowing those who are dangerous and that have a repeated history of violence to continue to be on our streets,” Adams, the former borough president of Brooklyn, asserted.

“We have to unbottleneck the courts. Too many people during COVID when courts closed down have not served their time or have not been in the courtroom. And then we have to be honest about some of the things we’re doing generationally that [have] created the crime problem that we are facing right now. That’s why we believe in intervention and prevention to solve this issue that we’re facing,” he concluded.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who was also on the panel, agreed with her boss.

“We cannot lose sight of the victims of crime. We believe the system has to be fair and balanced, but when we lose sight of the victims of crime, we are not doing what public safety is intended to do,” she said.

Sounding like a typical partisan Democrat, however, Adams claimed that crime is a national, rather than a red-state, blue-state, issue, and praised President Joe Biden for doing “an amazing job.”

He also accused lawmakers who voted against the massive spending spree known as the Build Back Better legislation of, in effect, defunding the police and lamented “the pipeline” of guns flowing into cities.

Parenthetically, on a recent broadcast, Fox News host Tucker Carlson insinuated the Democrats would rather go after guns than gun felons.


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